Board of Control for Cricket in India has been caught at silly point in South Africa where local firm has filed for owning trademark rights for popular IPL brands like Deccan Chargers, not just for cricket-related things but for other sports like rugby and soccer as well.
Rodney D Ryder of law firm Kochhar & Co, which is the legal representative of IPL franchise Deccan Chargers, said his client will oppose the application.
"We will oppose the application of KBJ Asset Holding for the registration of IPL franchise brands and hope that we will succeed in the entire process, as everybody knows that these brands belong to IPL teams," Ryder said.
He further said that KBJ has also sought to register these brands for soccer and rugby sports, besides education and training programmes.
KBJ Asset Holding has filed applications before the Patent and Trade Marks Office in South Africa seeking ownership of trademark rights.
The firm has filed applications in March this year. On other hand, BCCI's IPL and Essel group promoted rival ICL (Indian Cricket League) are already in loggerheads on ownership of these trademark on 'Twenty-20'.